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June 9, 2011
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  • Milwaukee nears completion of $209M flood-control project
    The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District has finished construction of three out of four structures that will protect the region from flooding of the Menomonee River. A concrete box with a metal grate will drain floodwaters and divert them into a long tunnel, which will pour water into storage basins at the Milwaukee County Grounds. The basins can hold about 315 million gallons of water. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (6/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Corps releases environment report on Delaware River deepening
    A draft environmental analysis of the possible effects of dredging more than 100 miles of the Delaware River has been released by the Army Corps of Engineers, and public comments are invited. The project would involve explosive blasting, and the Corps included the effects this could have on Atlantic sturgeon and loggerhead sea turtles, both of which the National Marine Fisheries Service has suggested putting on the endangered species list. The Gloucester County Times (Woodbury, N.J.) (6/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Christchurch, New Zealand, to demolish award-winning high-rise
    An award-winning high-rise apartment building in Christchurch, New Zealand, will be demolished as part of rebuilding efforts. The concrete structure cost about $12.4 million, and the developer of the Gallery Apartments said that the building lived up to its expectations "to stay upright, absorb the energy and break and crack but not fall down." However, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority deemed that repair of the structure was not economical. The Press (Christchurch, New Zealand) (6/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Tips for talking to managers about switching to BIM
    Many companies struggle to implement building information modeling platforms because of cost and time factors, writes Robert Green, a CAD programming consultant. In this piece he includes reader feedback of tips that worked when they tried implementing the technology. Cadalyst.com (6/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New IBM software to ramp up buildings' environmental performance
    IBM today will launch its Intelligent Building Management software, an analytics and automation solution designed to boost the environmental performance of any building regardless of age. The software will be used initially at IBM's Rochester, Minn., facility as well as at Tulane University's School of Architecture and the Cloisters of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. GreenerBuildings (6/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainable Development 
  • Older buildings may be eco-friendly, after all
    Ripping down old buildings to build new green ones may not be the most eco-friendly option. The Department of Energy says commercial buildings erected prior to 1920 use less energy per square foot than those built before 2000. And the National Trust for Historic Preservation says more people are looking at the time, energy and environmental damage involved in demolishing older buildings. "This whole idea that reusing existing resources -- especially historic buildings -- is the ultimate in recycling is beginning to get some traction," says Donovan Rypkema, a preservationist. Miller-McCune.com (6/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Building material could reduce structural damage from earthquakes
    Nitinol, an alloy of nickel and aluminum that features "shape memory," is being investigated as a building material. Because it can return to its original shape after being deformed, it could have potential use as an energy-absorbing damper in buildings to absorb shock from seismic activity. This could make the structure more resistant to quake damage. Deccan Herald (India) (6/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 6 ways to foster the creativity you already have on staff
    Business leaders who try to drive innovation simply by hiring creative workers are missing the point, writes Kate Canales, a creative director at Frog. To give workers what they need to thrive, she advises designing work spaces that encourage collaboration, bringing people into important discussions sooner and allowing workers time to get out of the office and spend time with customers. TheAtlantic.com (6/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Prepare for the P.E. Exams with ASCE's live review courses on the Web
    ASCE's live P.E. Exam Review Courses on the Web will make sure you're ready to pass the exams. Three courses are offered: one on the Civil Exam; one on the Structural Exam; and one on the Environmental Exam. In addition, four "depth" review sessions will get you ready for the afternoon depth portion of the Civil Exam. Taught by a team of experienced instructors, each course focuses on material that is likely to be on the exams. You'll solve practice problems and get your questions answered. All live review courses are similar in format and delivery to ASCE's convenient webinars. Pay a single site registration fee and an unlimited number of engineers can participate. Many ASCE members have found the courses to be very effective and convenient means of preparing for the exams and passing them. Review courses for the fall 2011 P.E. exams will begin the week of Aug. 22. Learn more about these highly beneficial exams and register today at the official Continuing Education site. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CI's Claims Avoidance and Resolution Committee seeking new members
     
    Do you have a minimum of seven years of experience in design, construction, construction management or construction law, including experience as an active participant in claims, claims avoidance or claims resolution? The Claims Avoidance and Resolution Committee of the Construction Institute wants you! CAR's mission is to establish best practices, disseminate information at conferences and serve as an educational resource to CI/ASCE on claims avoidance and resolution. For more information, contact CI's Laura Ciampa at lciampa@asce.org. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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